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Published on February 2nd, 2018 | by Inspirations with Liz Black

28 Days of Gospel History Day #2 – The Documentaries


What do we really know about the spirit-lifting inspirational music that enriches lives daily and colors Sunday mornings? Are there dedicated creative outlets that explore this artistry of the good news? As inspirational music is practiced through song, it is only right to expect it to hold space in other mediums for telling its story of existence. That story includes creation as well as proliferation and one of the best tools to bring it to life is film.

This Black History month, we take a brief tour of documentaries that encapsulate the various iterations of Inspirational music. Some of these visual journeys explore the music’s genesis through spirituals, hymns, and it’s obvious and not-so-obvious ties to pop music. These films, explore, inform, entertain and educate the masses about the roots of what we know as Inspirational music, the good news, the gospel. In any given scene you may encounter family gatherings, church services, Gospel Conventions, choir rehearsals, storefront churches all with familial and familiar experiences.

The beauty, significance and history of Gospel music is captured through archival and vintage footage including interviews with various people from pop icons to Sunday church goers. These documentaries are multigenerational features that highlight some of the music’s forerunners such as The Staple Singers, Smokey Robinson, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Andrae Crouch, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The History Of Gospel Music:

Say amen, somebody 1982:

Rejoice and shout 2010:

American Roots Music Part 1:

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